RoRo Ferry Accident Findings Released by UK's MAIB
Investigation report of accident involving the ro-ro ferry 'Norcape' in the Firth of Clyde released by Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) . On 26 November 2011, the port windlass of the UK registered Ro-Ro vessel Norcape suffered catastrophic damage during an attempt to weigh anchor in near gale force winds. At 0354 the wind was south westerly 30 knots when the vessel anchored in Brodick Bay…
Dangerous Drifting Dock Tracked Down by NOAA
NOAA successfully forecasted the path of a possible Japan Tsunami Dock adrift off Washington Coast. The dock washed up on the rocky northern coast of Washington state just before Christmas. "We suspect—though we are still waiting for confirmation—that this dock began its oceanic journey in March of 2011 at the Port of Misawa, Japan, following the devastating Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Four docks were ripped away from this port.
Chevron Strike Gas Offshore Western Australia
Natural gas deposits discovered in two locations by Chevron Australia's deepwater drilling exploration program in the Carnarvon Basin. The Pinhoe-1 exploration discovery…
Time Charters Cancelled by Japanese Charterer
NS United Kaiun Kaisha (NSU) resolved early cancellation of dry-bulk ship time charters due to unfavourable economic market conditions. The cancellation will result…
Norwegian Shelf Subsea Contract for Aker Solutions
Aker Solutions wins a topside modification contract by Statoil to increase oil recovery at Gullfaks South. Estimated contract value is NOK 180 million. The main…
Unhappy Ship's Engineer Repatriated
Malayali engineer Arun George Thomas, evacuated from an India-flagged ship off Goa coast after father obtained a court order. The evacuation was based on a High…
Scana to Supply Offshore Energy Control Actuators
Scana Industrier ASA subsidiary Scana Skarpenord, wins contracts to deliver actuators & control systems to buyers in S. Korea and China. The value of the contracts is 15 MNOK…
Cruise Ship Contract for Kone
Kone eco-efficient elevators and escalators to serve another TUI Cruises vessel, 'Mein Schiff 4'. The new cruise ship will be the sister ship of Mein Schiff 3, which will also have Kone's solutions installed onboard. Both vessels will be built at STX Finland, Turku shipyard, the former being set for delivery in the spring of 2014 and the latter in the spring of 2015. Kone's People Flow® solutions will facilitate the smooth and efficient movement of 3…
Yacht Race Leaders: Cape of Good Hope by New Year?
Vendee Globe leaders Armel Le Cléac’h and his long time running partner François Gabart passed into the Pacific Ocean 9 days ago. As was widely predicted, the twosome have finally been slowed through today. It has been the two skippers which are chasing hard behind, Jean-Pierre Dick and Alex Thomson, who have finally been granted the chance to shine. Dick and Thomson are riding up on a fast moving…
COSCO Singapore Doubles Chinese Yard Investment
Singapore-listed Cosco Corporation subsidiary Cosco Shipyard Group increases its investment in the registered capital of 60%-owned Cosco Qidong Offshore, China.
Six PSVs Feature Integrated MacGregor Deck Equipment Packages
In October Cargotec secured a comprehensive MacGregor offshore equipment contract for six platform supply vessels (PSVs) from Fujian Southeast Shipyard in China.
Kvichak Delivers 65' Passenger Catamaran
Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, recently delivered the P/V “Tecopa”, a 65’ passenger catamaran for the Chemehuevi Transit Authority of Lake Havasu, California. The vessel operates as a ferry on Lake Havasu, with ports of call at Lake Havasu City on the Arizona side and at Havasu Landing on the California side. Tecopa was sea trialed in Seattle then disassembled and loaded on two trucks and shipped to Havasu Landing, CA where it was reassembled by Kvichak with support from the tribe.
Update on ILA Negotiations
Statement by FMCS Director George H. "The container royalty payment issue has been agreed upon in principle by the parties, subject to achieving an overall collective bargaining agreement.
Latest Water Forecast for Mississippi River
In an effort to keep apprised of the ever-changing hydrograph forecasts, yesterday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released water storage again (first release was on December 15) from Carlyle Lake located on the Kaskaskia River near St. Louis to support the continuation of navigation on the Mississippi River. The latest projections indicate that this water release, along with the current weather forecast…
First Ship Docks at London Gateway Terminal
The first ship ever to berth at London's new deepwater container terminal, 'MV Wieniawski' also delivered four auto stacking cranes from China. Due to formally open in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK.
Singapore POCC: Off with the Old, On with the New
Singapore's first Port Operations Control Room Centre (POCC) de-commissioned, as new upgraded centre takes over control. The decommissioning of the centre at at…
Tugboat Engine Failure Imperils Alaska Drillship Tow
Tugboat 'Aiviq' experienced total engine failure, casting it & the Shell drilling rig 'Kulluk' adrift in stong winds & heavy seas, S. of Kodiak Island. The US Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley was sent to assist, establishing a tandem tow of both Aivig and Kulluk, which effectively prevented their drift towards shoal water, then, due to the severe weather the tow-line parted and became entangled in one of the cutter's propellors. The USCG recalled the vessel to base.
InterManager President Lists Projects for 2013.
In his end of year address, president Gerardo A. Borromeo listed special projects for the InterManager Board's consideration. "As 2012 comes to a close I would like…
LNG Plant Support Catamarans Deployed
Riverside Marine & Incat Crowther new passenger catamarans deployed to support construction, operation of Queensland, Australia QCLNG plant. The two new 32m catamarans Riverside Catalina and Riverside Mandalay will assist at the Curtis Island QCLNG plant in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. Riverside Marine partnered with Incat Crowther in the development of a transport solution specifically for the Curtis Island QCLNG project.
Insurance Covers Relocated Sandy-damaged Boats
Boats removed from specified location for repair elsewhere may create a lapse in insurance coverage. Maritime Program Group, which is a program administrator for…